Despite heavy rain during the night, the national highway, linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was through for traffic on Monday while only one-way traffic of Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) will ply on historic Mughal road.
Despite heavy rain Kashmir highway open, only one-way on Mughal road
Meanwhile, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir, was also through for traffic from both ways.
Traffic on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended on Sunday afternoon following landslides and shooting stones due to which two passenger vehicles were damaged. However, no one was injured.
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway immediately put into service sophisticated machines and cleared the landslides and stones, a traffic police official told UNI.
He said all the vehicles, including those carrying passengers from both sides, stranded at several places on the highway, were cleared till late on Sunday.
However, due to heavy rain, traffic was not allowed on the highway to prevent any accident, he said.
We have allowed LMVs from both sides on the highway Monday morning, an official of the Traffic Control Unit (TCU) Ramban told UNI over phone.
Traffic is plying normally on the highway today, he said adding that Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMV) will continue to ply from only one-way. On Monday HMVs will ply from Jammu to Srinagar and no HMV will be allowed from opposite direction, he said. But, he said, passengers, drivers and truckers, are requested to contact TCUs in Srinagar, Jammu and other places before undertaking the journey on the highway.
Traffic police official said only one-way LMV will ply on the historic 86-km-long Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region. No vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction to avoid any accident and traffic jam, he said. Today traffic will ply from Shopian to Buffliaz side only as there is still huge snow walls on both sides of the road, which is seen as alternative to Kashmir highway.
Meanwhile, the national highway, linking Ladakh region with Kashmir was through for both ways with some restrictions. In the morning traffic will ply from Kargil to Sonamarg only to avoid traffic jam or accident at Zojila pass. Similarly traffic will ply from Sonamarg in central Kashmir to Kargil in Ladakh on the highway, he said.